Asia-Pacific stocks mixed; S&P 500 sails to record close on Wall Street


SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed in Friday morning trade, following gains overnight on Wall Street that saw the S&P 500 sailing to a record closing high.

The Nikkei 225 in Japan edged 0.3% in morning trade while the Topix sat 0.12% lower. Over in South Korea, the Kospi edged 0.44% higher.

Mainland Chinese stocks declined as the Shanghai composite fell 0.16% while the Shenzhen component slipped 0.4%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index advanced 0.54%.

Shares in Australia were higher as the S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.12%.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan traded 0.32% higher.

S&P 500 rises to record close

Currencies and oil

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 90.012 after swinging around the 90 level for much of this week.

The Japanese yen traded at 109.39 per dollar, stronger than levels above 109.6 seen against the greenback yesterday. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7752, as compared with levels around $0.776 seen earlier in the trading week.

Oil prices were lower in the morning of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures down 0.26% to $72.33 per barrel. U.S. crude futures shed 0.27% to $70.10 per barrel.



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